The Grass Roots

Where Were You When I Needed You

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Before the Grass Roots reached the peak of their pop/rock popularity, they were a much more folk-rock-oriented outfit. Indeed, this debut album is a matter of much confusion; apparently the original Grass Roots were pretty much a front for the songwriting team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who ended up performing on much of the album themselves. In any case, this is decent, though not top-of-the-line, early folk-rock, falling about halfway between the Byrds and more pop-oriented peers like the Turtles and the Mamas & the Papas. Highlights include the hit title track and other Sloan-Barri originals like "Lollipop Train," "Look Out Girl," "This Is What I Was Made For," and "You Baby," which was a hit for the Turtles.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:18
3 2:50
4 2:49
5 3:03
6 3:12
7 3:03
8 2:22
9 3:26
10 2:22
11 2:23
12 2:55
13 2:23
14 3:03
15 3:06
16 2:33
17 2:52
18 2:40
19 3:36
20 3:00
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